Cleveland Cavaliers pull one back against Golden State Warriors in game four

Hope Soto
June 12, 2017

And the Warriors made history but got burned a year ago, when they won a record 73 regular-season games and took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals only to lose after the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.

They moved to the brink of that with a 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

You can make the argument that Golden State faces more pressure to sweep despite playing on the road, too. The Warriors are 15-0 and can finish off the NBA's first ideal postseason with a victory in Game 4. However, barring a bout of ideal execution, Cleveland doesn't look equipped to be able to avoid the four-game death sentence Golden State is looking to dish out.

Along with Curry, Thompson and Green, he has helped the Warriors to 15 straight postseason wins and a 3-0 series lead, a deficit no team has overcome in 126 prior playoff occurrences.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs, bothered by chatter from Golden State's players, broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA's most electrifying offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls Friday night, beating the Warriors 137-116 and snapping their 15-game playoff winning streak. Golden State should also expect to take Cleveland's best shot again in Game 4, but the mentality of the defending champs has to be fragile at best right now.

"It was just an incredibly physical game", Kerr said. "It's not. I'm just trying to enjoy this moment, try not to look into the future or the past, try to stay in the present and enjoy this moment for what it's worth and just keep pushing", he said.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and on one trip threw the ball off the backboard to himself for a dunk.

"He's been an wonderful player in this league for a long time, and he senses this is his time, his moment, his team". No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the Finals, though three teams forced a Game 6 and one - the 1951 New York Knicks - managed to reach a Game 7.

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As great as James, Irving and the Cavs' shooters were when they scored 86 points in the first half and made 24 3-pointers, Golden State still showed signs of getting into the game even on off nights for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Kevin Durant (left) shoots the defining three-pointer over LeBron James. No one else has more than two.

"But I can definitely appreciate the simple fact of him either reshaping his game or just sacrificing maybe some shots here, sacrificing having the ball in his hands all the time".

"It was like a natural shock how that game ended", Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said. When asked if the roster was fair, James spoke about television ratings and how much the fans have loved the game. "We just want a championship and I think we are very capable of finishing flawless".

"Our mindset is to go out there and get one", James said.

"It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career", James said.

"We just wanted to come out tonight and lay it all on the line", Love said after the game.

"I think that he has grown in terms of his ability to play with the other four guys, with our movement and our spacing and our flow", Kerr said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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